If you've been putting off a shower remodel because you think it's too expensive, you need to think again. Yes, there are many ways you can make a remodel expensively, but you can also get what you want without breaking your budget. Here's how.
Start With A Plan
Before starting any shower remodel project, make sure that you have a clear idea of what you want your space to look like. Are there specific features you have in mind? Are there things that annoy you and you want to fix? Do you think your shower is mostly fine but just needs a refresh to give it a cleaner, newer look?
If you just want a minor refresh, you shouldn't decide you can't do it because you were looking at the cost of a total renovation. If you want a more impactful remodel, figuring out what is most important to you can help you to figure out how much you'll be able to do. In some cases, you may be able to split the job up to do part of it now and part of it in the future.
Create A Budget
Once you know exactly what you want out of your remodel, it's time to create a budget. Keep in mind that remodels can vary widely in cost depending on the materials used. Also, keep in mind that there may be additional costs for permits and other expenses.
The first step is to figure out how much you can afford to spend or want to spend. Then you can start shopping around for different options to meet your budget. Keep in mind that it's common for costs to increase during remodel projects due to unexpected issues, so you'll usually want to leave a buffer in your budget.
Don't just go with the first contractor who comes along. Look around at different contractors before making a final decision. Ask friends and family if they have had good experiences with contractors. Be sure to shop around and compare prices from several companies.
Of course, you don't always want to automatically go with the lowest price. That might mean lower quality materials or work. If one contractor bids much lower and higher than the rest, you usually want to discard those bids. You can then compare the bids that are closer together to figure out which one best meets your needs.
To learn more about how to plan your shower remodel, contact a local contractor today.